North Van district and city still divided over amalgamation – North Shore Outlook

North Van district and city still divided over amalgamation – North Shore Outlook.

Quoting in part:

Meanwhile, North Van City Coun. Guy Heywood stopped by the district’s council meeting to make a recommendation of his own: That both North Van municipalities ask the provincial government for guidance and to help fund the cost of undertaking a restructuring feasibility study.

District Coun. Alan Nixon endorsed Heywood’s suggestion and made it into a motion that passed unanimously.

For MacKay-Dunn, the crux of the amalgamation debate is ensuring the North Shore municipalities are operating in an efficient and economical manner.

Using traffic congestion as an example of a shared concern that could be mitigated by combining forces, MacKay-Dunn said an integrated planning function amongst the North Shore communities is needed to help solve the problem.

He also imagines recreational services, which are already combined in the North Vans, extended to all North Shore residents.

“The swimmers want a 50-metre pool. If you want one, amalgamate — because that’s the only way you going to get it,” said MacKay-Dunn.

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